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Guest Artists

“Lydia Johnson became overnight one of my favorite contemporary choreographers...her dancers took the floor and within seconds I knew I had found something I loved...for me one of the most moving dance experiences in the last decade.” —Philip Gardner, Oberon’s Grove, 2009

Carlos Lopez was born in Madrid and currently dances in New York as Freelancer. He trained at the Victor Ullate School with Karemia Moreno, Atilio Labis and Menia Martínez, and in New York with Willie Burmann, David Howard and Rinat Imaev. In 1991 he joined the Victor Ullate Ballet, being promoted to Principal Dancer in 1996 where he performed leading roles in Giselle, Don Quixote, Paquita, Les Silfides, Theme and Variations, Hammerklavier, Grosse Fugue, Before Night Fall, Nomos Alpha etc.

Carlos joined American Ballet Theatre in 2001 and danced as a Soloist from 2003 until 2011. He has worked with Natalia Makarova, Gelsey Kirkland, Anthony Dowell, John Neumeier, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Stanton Welch, Christopher Wheeldon, James Kudelka, Lar Lubovitch, William Forsyth and Alexei Ratmansky.

In 1996, he won the Silver Medal at the Paris International Ballet Competition and in 2004, he was awarded the Les Etoiles de Ballet 2000 Prize in Cannes.

As a guest artist he has performed with the National Ballet of Georgia, the National Ballet of Cuba, The Inoue Ballet Foundation of Japan, Lar Luvobich Dance Company and the Ballet Concierto of Puerto Rico.

Attila Joey Csiki began his dance training at the Canadian Dance Company in Toronto to subsequently join the National Ballet of Canada Academy. Upon receiving a scholarship to the School of American Ballet, Mr. Csiki moved to New York City and danced under the direction of Peter Martins. His professional experience transitioned him to Tokyo, Japan, to perform with several prestigious companies and choreographers. Mr. Csiki has danced with other companies such as the New National Ballet of Japan, Du Capital Ballet Toulouse France, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Dresden Semper Opera, Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance and most currently with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Mr. Csiki has had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s most recognized choreographers, including Jiri Kylian, Sir Peter Wright, William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Mauro Bigonzetti, Anthony Tudor, Christopher Wheeldon and Kenneth McMillan. In Japan, he has guest performed with such companies as Star Dancers Ballet, Aoyama Dancing Sqauare, Japan Ballet Association and Drama City. As a bi-lingual artist in Japan, he continues to work with choreographers such as Kanamori Jo, Shinjo Youya, Ueshima Yukio, Ogawa Ayako and Kawasaki Etsuko. As a commercial artist, Mr. Csiki has been seen in AU cell phones, Nissan Japan, Morinaga Japan, Town Work Japan, Yunkeru Japan, and GAP international.

Throughout his career, Mr. Csiki has developed his skills as a choreographer. After being invited to Guatemala by President Alvaro Arzu to collaborate with international artists, Fusion was created — a production he both choreographed and directed. The production involved 215 artists and was a collaboration of all possible art forms. Mr. Csiki’s choreography has been recognized by Jiri Kylian and performed at Tokyo Ballet, New National Ballet Japan, Peoria Ballet Illinois, Dance Form Productions and Guatemala National Ballet.

Attila Joey Csiki appears courtesy of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company

Reed Luplau is currently a dancer for Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and Aszure Barton and Artists. Born in Perth, Australia, Mr. Luplau began training at his mother’s studio, Jody Marshall Dance Company, where he studied jazz, tap, acrobatics, ballet and musical theatre. At the age of 15, Mr. Luplau was accepted into the Australian Ballet School (ABS), where he continued his training. After graduating from the ABS in 2004, Mr. Luplau was invited by then Artistic Directors Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon to join Sydney Dance Company (SDC). While with SDC, he performed in Graeme Murphy’s Grand, Short Stories, BERLIN and The Director’s CUT, for which Mr. Luplau was nominated for Most Outstanding Male Dancer for the 2008 Australian Dance Awards. Other choreographers include Stephen Petronio, Meryl Tankard, Narelle Benjiman, Raphael Bonachela and Aszure Barton. In 2009, he won the 2009 Australian Dance Award for Most Outstanding Male Dancer, as well as the 2009 Helpmann Award.

Since moving to NYC in 2010, Mr. Luplau has danced for the Stephen Petronio Company, Aszure Barton and recently Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. As a dancer for Stephen Petronio, he participated in UNDERLAND at the Joyce Theater, and in the Europe and U.S. tours of I Drink The Air Before Me and Ghostown. Not only a dancer, Mr. Luplau has choreographed works for the Sydney Dance Company: Misguided and GO!; for The Australian Ballet: Bleecker (nominated for the 2010 Australian Dance Awards); for Sydney Opera House: Music For Tutus; WAYouth Ballet: Conquer; and a new major piece, Transform, for Quantum Leap 2 inCanberra, Australia. In July 2011, he created a new ballet, The Sixth Borough, for the West Australian Ballet’s Neon Lights season, which has been nominated for the 2012 Australian Dance Awards for Outstanding Choreography. As an actor, Mr. Luplau has appeared on Nickelodeon’s Teen Nick Promo, Mao’s Last Dancer and most recently finished filming a new Alan Brown film, Five Dances, soon to be released in early 2013.

Reed Luplau appears courtesy of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company

R. Colby Damon was born and raised in Richmond Virginia, and received his training at the Richmond Ballet, Boston Ballet, and the Virginia School of the Arts. He joined the Sacramento Ballet, where for five years he performed soloist and principal roles in numerous classical and contemporary works, including pieces by George Balanchine, Trey McIntyre, Dwight Rhoden, and John Selya among others. He has also appeared as a guest artist with the Cincinnatti Ballet at the Guggenheim Museum's Works and Process series featuring works of choreographer Luca Veggetti, and has additionally danced for Amy Seiwert’s im’ig-ery, Thang Dao Dance Company, Piedmont Dance Theater, and the Northwest Professional Dance Project. This is his second season with Lydia Johnson Dance.

Sean Patrick Mahoney was born and raised in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. At age 12, he began training with Fred Knecht and attended the Princeton Ballet School on scholarship. He became an apprentice at American Repertory Ballet and then became a featured dancer with the company. After graduating from high school in 1993, he was chosen as one of the first members of Taylor 2. Mr. Mahoney later danced for David Parsons, Alex Tressor and Geoffrey Doig-Marx and was in Radio City's Christmas Spectacular. Mr. Mahoney rejoined Taylor 2 in summer 2002. He debuted with the Paul Taylor Dance Company in January 2004.

Jeremy Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from Florida State University, after attending New World School of the Arts High School in Miami, Florida. At Florida State, he performed, choreographed, and taught extensively with Dance Repertory Theatre. His many teachers include Lynda Davis, Jane Wood-Smith, Daniel Lewis, Peter London, Gerard Ebitz, Paula Cunningham, Kim Brokaw, and Debbi Dee. He has performed choreography by Clay Taliaferro, Martha Graham, George Balanchine, Alonzo King, Alex Ketley, Sara Pearson/Patrik Widrig, and Brent Schneider, and has appeared as a guest artist with Ballet West and The Tallahassee Ballet Company. He danced with danced the Parsons Dance Company for several years. Jeremy is currently a member of ODC/San Francisco and dances with Ben Munisteri Dance Projects and with Lydia Johnson Dance when in New York City.

Max van der Sterre is originally from San Francisco, California. He began his ballet training with Damara Bennett and Henry Burg at City Ballet School in San Francisco. He continued his classical training at The School of American Ballet for two more years before being named an apprentice with New York City Ballet by Peter Martins in June of 2005. While attending SAB, he trained with Peter Boal, Peter Frame, Nikolaj Hubbe, Andrei Kramarevsky and Jock Soto. Mr. van der Sterre danced with New York City Ballet from 2005 to 2009, and he currently dances with Sensedance in NYC and has collaborated with Emery LeCrone, Pontus Lidberg, Elena Kunikova and Montgomery Ballet. This is his first season as a Guest Artist with Lydia Johnson Dance.

Still photographs throughout the site by Julie Lemberger (© Julie Lemberger, 2004–2009) and Kokyat (© Kokyat, 2009), as noted.

All photos on this page by Julie Lemberger.